The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) seeks clinicians who want to serve the nation’s underserved rural, urban and tribal communities. The NHSC Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) offers licensed primary care clinicians in eligible disciplines the opportunity to receive loan repayment up to $50,000. In exchange, participants serve for at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Application Deadline: February 21, 6:30 p.m.



Effective January 1, 2019, CMS announced new strategies to further help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse including additional safety alerts at the time of dispensing as a proactive step to engage both patients and prescribers about overdose risk and prevention.

The CMS advises, “As the new opioid safety alerts are implemented in 2019, on-going communication among the pharmacist, the Part D plan, and the prescriber will be critical. Physicians and other prescribers can protect their patients’ access to medically necessary drugs by responding to pharmacists’ or plan sponsors’ telephone calls or case management notices. Providers will also want to initiate coverage determinations or exceptions, when clinically appropriate. To avoid a prescription being rejected at the pharmacy, prescribers may proactively request a coverage determination in advance.  The time frame for an expedited coverage determination request applies when the prescriber indicates, or the plan decides, that applying the standard time frame may seriously jeopardize the enrollee’s life, health, or ability to regain maximum function. If the request meets the criteria for an expedited review by the plan, the plan must make its decision and notify the patient as expeditiously as their health condition requires, but no later than 24 hours after receipt of the request.”

Visit the CMS website for further information.


One Health Commission

The One Health Academy, Washington DC presents Dennis Carroll, PhD, who currently serves as the director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Global Health Security and Development Unit.

The Future is Coming! Is One Health Ready?
Wednesday, January 9
5:45 p.m.
Registration is free but registration is required for login.

Dr. Carroll is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the agency’s programs addressing new and emerging disease threats. Dr. Carroll also serves as USAID’s special representative for global health security. Dr. Carroll was initially detailed to USAID from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a senior public health advisor in 1991. In 1995 he was named the agency’s senior infectious diseases advisor, responsible for overseeing the agency’s programs in malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance, as well as neglected and emerging infectious diseases. In this capacity Dr. Carroll was directly involved in the development and introduction of a range of new technologies for disease prevention and control, including: community-based delivery of treatment of onchocerciasis, rapid diagnostics for malaria, new treatment therapies for drug-resistant malaria, intermittent therapy for pregnant women, and “long-lasting” insecticide treated bed nets for prevention of malaria. He was responsible for the initial design and development of the President’s Malaria Initiative. Dr. Carroll officially left CDC and joined USAID in 2005 when he assumed responsibility for leading the USAID response to the spread of avian influenza.

Dr. Carroll has a doctorate in biomedical research with a special focus in tropical infectious diseases from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a research scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he studied the molecular mechanics of viral infection. Dr. Carroll has received awards from both CDC and USAID, including the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria and avian influenza, and the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program.



Registration for Advocacy Day is looking healthy at 47 registrants. We highly encourage all physicians, residents and students ready to make a mark this legislative session to sign-up. Help us increases the voice of family medicine and join us on January 30 in Topeka for a full day of legislative activities!


Wednesday, Jan. 30
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
KMS/KaMMCO Building
623 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

Reception at Dillon House 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
404 SW 9th St, Topeka, KS 66612

As you prepare to attend Advocacy Day, you are encouraged to make appointments to visit with your representatives. We have allowed time between 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. for you to meet with your representatives. Find your elected officials.

Registration is FREE for residents & students; $30 for members and $60 for non-members.

Kansas Medical Society

Kansas Medical Society (KMS) is surveying physicians to learn about their experience with prior authorization.  Please consider completing this important survey: PRIOR AUTHORIZATION SURVEY. The survey closes Friday, Dec. 21. 2018.



Did you know that 70 percent of tobacco users are interested in quitting and cite a physician’s advice to quit as an important motivating factor? Make that brief conversation with patients count with these conversation prompts used by Kansas physicians:

  1. Do you mind if we discuss your tobacco use today?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how willing are you to quit in the next 30 days? Note, if it’s low, ask: What would it take to move you to a ___ (+3 points)?
  3. What helped with your cravings (or didn’t) the last time you made a quit attempt?

Remind patients that every quit attempt counts. If often takes people 7-9 quit attempts before succeeding, but every attempt is a step forward! Many people addicted to nicotine will need a prescription and over the counter nicotine replacement therapy to help reduce cravings and remain quit.

For tobacco cessation training or resources, visit KAFP’s website or contact Kim Neufeld.


There are two great ways you can support the KAFP-F through your shopping! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to KAFP-F whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Go to AmazonSmile and link your account to Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation.

Dillons will donate a portion of each transaction to KAFP-Foundation when you use your Dillons Plus Shoppers Card linked to KAFP-Foundation. To link your card, visit Dillons Community Rewards.

For details, visit: Amazon Smile & Dillons Community Rewards.


The legislative session begins on January 14 and we need your help in filling the January 17 slot for Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD)! If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Please check your calendars and see if you are available on Thursday, January 17 or any other day during the legislative session.

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
January 17
February 5
March 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28

Go to the FDOD web page for a complete calendar listing with instructions and to sign-up or contact Michelle Corkins at 316.721.9005.

FDOD volunteers report to the Capitol Building in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

Thank you to all of our FDOD volunteers!


Do you have a colleague who inspires you; one whom you feel is the “best of the best?” Nominate a colleague for one of KAFP’s annual awards: Family Physician of the Year, Exemplary Teaching Award, or Humanitarian Award. Please submit your nominations by Monday, December 31, 2018.

Kansas Family Physician of the Year: This is the highest recognition KAFP awards annually. Through it, KAFP recognizes involvement in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. >> Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time and volunteer): Through these annual awards KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. >> Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Humanitarian Award: This award recognizes extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts. >> Learn more and nominate.


Need hotel accommodations while you attend Advocacy Day on January 30? The KAFP has a room block at the Topeka Courtyard Marriott at the group rate of $126 + tax. Mention that you are with the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians to get the special rate.  Reserve a room online or call 785-271-6165 by January 1, 2019.

If you have not already signed up for Advocacy Day, register today! The cost is $30 for members/$60 for non-members and free for residents and students.

This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

Advocacy Day

623 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Legislative Reception

Dillon House
404 SW 9th St., Topeka, KS
5:45 – 7:45 p.m.